Tributes to retiring head of CID

Charity golf day (Steve Talbot third from left)
Charity golf day (Steve Talbot third from left)

SOUTH Yorkshire’s most senior detective retired this week after 30 years with the force.

Heading the CID, Det Supt Steve Talbot has led numerous murder investigations in a career that has seen him move through every detective rank in the force.

He joined South Yorkshire Police in 1981 after graduating from Bristol University with a degree in English Literature. He initially worked in Sheffield, then went into West Bar CID in the mid-80s.

He was awarded an MA (with distinction) in criminology from Leicester University in 1995 and has been head of HQ CID for the last six years.

Det Supt Talbot has received seven Crown Court Judge’s Commendations and one Crime Committee Commendation from the Association of Chief Police Officers for the development of the HOLMES2 computer system, which helps forces across the country to co-ordinate investigations of major incidents such as serial murders and multi-million-pound frauds.

One of his most high-profile murder investigations was the drive-by gang shooting of Gerald Smith on Spital Hill in 2002 that resulted in nine men from Nottingham being convicted of the one murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes said: “Steve Talbot has had an outstanding career of service to the people of South Yorkshire, both actively leading major criminal investigations, and latterly as leader of the entire crime investigation activity of the force.

“He has a professional record which is the envy of colleagues throughout the service, and he has made a contribution not only in South Yorkshire, but to the development of effective investigation across the country. We wish him well for the future.”

Det Chief Supt Talbot said he had no plans for his retirement but was looking forward to taking a break.

Det Chief Supt Martyn Bates is taking over as head of CID.

It was announced earlier this month that Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes is stepping down in October, while Chief Supt Andy Barrs, who has been responsible for tackling gun and gang crime, has retired after 32 years in the force.

Meanwhile, former South Yorkshire police officer Bernard Hogan-Howe has been drafted in to help run the Metropolitan Police after two of the force’s most senior ranking police officers stepped down in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

The Sheffield-born officer, aged 60, has been appointed as the Met’s Deputy Chief Commissioner after the resignations of Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates.He was a superintendent in South Yorkshire before becoming Assistant Chief Constable in Merseyside in 1997.